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George Juskalian

United States Army officer

Died when: 96 years 29 days (1152 months)
Star Sign: Gemini


George Juskalian

George Juskalian (Armenian: Գևորգ Ժուսգալեան;June 7, 1914 – July 4, 2010) was a decorated member of the United States Army who served for over three decades and fought in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.

Following graduation from Boston University, Juskalian entered the army as a second lieutenant in June 1936.During World War II, he served with the infantry during the North African Campaign and took part in Operation Torch.

At the Battle of the Kasserine Pass, he was captured by German troops and became a prisoner of war (POW) for twenty-seven months.

During the Korean War he commanded an infantry battalion.He was then stationed in Tehran where he acted an advisor to the Imperial Iranian Army throughout 1957 and 1958.

During the Vietnam War, Juskalian once again undertook advisory duties, working with the South Vietnamese Army between 1963 and 1964, before serving as the MACV inspector general under General William Westmoreland.

Juskalian retired as a colonel in 1967 and is one of the most decorated Armenian-Americans to serve in the United States Army.

His awards include two Combat Infantryman Badges, two Silver Stars, the Legion of Merit, four Bronze Stars and the Air Medal.

He received the Nerses Shnorali Medal from the Catholicos of All Armenians in 1988.The post office in his home town of Centreville, Virginia, has been named the "Colonel George Juskalian Post Office Building" in his honor.

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